KIKI VALDES

New York City artist and co-founder of Ownzee
@kikivaldes

THE OUTSIDERS: Q + A

Posted 2011-12-26 08:32:05 | Views: 9,028


Q + A with organizer Kiki Valdes
Conducted by: M.A. Macias


WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE THE TITLE FOR THE SHOW "THE OUTSIDERS"?


KV: I think most artists in general at some point or another in their careers can feel like outsiders. If you achieve a certain amount of success you can feel alienated at times from your peers. You can also feel like an outsider from the art world in general if you don't like to be social all of the time. The warehouse where we are doing this show is called Ironside. It's a property close to some train tracks. The street kids always throw rocks from the train tracks at us. I just felt it connected so much of how people feel lately.


HOW DID YOU PICK THE ARTISTS INVOLVED?


KV: Everyone in the show is my friend. I've been following everyones work for years. Dianne Radler is no longer with us but I am so happy to show her work for this. She took photos of so many iconic people in Miami and New York during the 1980's. People that were considered outsiders at one point, but now are really legends of our time. I respect everyone involved. Everyone brings something different. It sounds cliche but it's true and I think that's the only way I find this fun to do.


HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE ART WORLD IN GENERAL, IS THIS SHOW A REBELLION AGAINST IT?


KV: I don't know. I just want to do a show and open doors for my friends. We all want to show what we are doing and I think sometimes we have to do it ourselves. Everyone is really great and I think this show will help people notice that more. This show is about doing it ourselves. None of us are represented. We can make work and do shows and have fun. It was really important for me to do this show in Miami a month after Art Basel. This is how we live. We don't live for Dec.


YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK STILL? ARE YOU ARE LIVING IN MIAMI NOW?


KV: I don't live in Miami year round anymore. I am doing New York and Miami. I think it's something I needed to do. I want to keep doing shows like this one in Miami and New York. We will see how that goes. It's a lot of fun to do. I call it cultural diplomacy. I like to interact with artists. It makes you learn more about art and about what you look for. It helps me grow as an artist too. I like learning the whole process of how to pick art and when everyone is happy with the outcome. It makes me happy too.

THE

OUTSIDERS

JOHNNY ROBLES
ERIC TORRIENTE
KIKI VALDES

GEORGE SANCHEZ-CALDERON 
KRISTY LEIBOWITZ
DAVID MARSH
NICOLE SODEN
EDWARD CROWELL
DAVID CABRERA
DIANNE RADLER
ROLLIN STIRMAN

Ironside Warehouse: 7630 NE 4th Court
Miami, FL 33138-5032/ Learn more: TheOutsidersExhibition.com

The Outsiders (Group Show) opens Saturday, Jan. 7th 2012

For Press Inquiries:
Marcsman Company

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE OUTSIDERS - Jan. 7th 2012

Posted 2011-12-19 10:39:55 | Views: 7,731

'THE OUTSIDERS'

Group Show at Ironside Warehouse

Opening: Saturday, January 7th 2012
Show runs for one week only

 

“A group show in a warehouse by some train tracks.”

 

Celebrating the bravery of the creative outsider. The individual artist can face an aspect of social and economical barriers of the art world that is obscurely outside of the art making process. 


This show is about exhibiting the work of artists from the outside, figuratively or by dialogue and context. This grouping brings together a variety of artists from Miami and New York.

Ironside Warehouse
7630 NE 4th Court 
Miami, FL 33138-5032

Appointment: 786.315.8369

JOHNNY ROBLES

ERIC TORRIENTE

KIKI VALDES

KRISTY LEIBOWITZ

DAVID MARSH

NICOLE SODEN

EDWARD CROWELL II

DAVID “UPNUP” CABRERA

DIANNE RADLER

Curator: 

KIKI VALDES 

FOR PRESS INQUIRIES

Aleksandra Marcotte (Marcsmen Company) 

305.562.4260 - aleksandramarcotte@gmail.com 


Black and White Portraits

Posted 2011-11-11 16:42:35 | Views: 22,113

Series in Process.

I've been working on this series of portraits for over a year. There are 9 total. I want to finish these once and for all before the winter. I am working on a completely different series that is different in style and subject matter. It's interesting jumping from from style to style. I have never done that before. It's an experience I'm learning a lot from. - Kiki Valdes

#KIKIVALDES


Social Media Week - Bogota Recap

Posted 2011-10-11 00:09:55 | Views: 13,516


Oct 2001- I was invited earlier this month to the wonderful country of Colombia in the city of Bogota for Social Media Week. There were so many amazing speakers and I got to connect again with my good friend from Kiip.me (Brian Wong).  I have to thank the amazing folks at Zemoga for making it possible. Special thanks to Tatiana Gonzalez, Camila Pedraza,  Carlos PardoDJ Edgerton, Brianna Campbell and everyone else from Zemoga 
 

SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK - BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

RECAP

KIKI VALDES WAS INVITED TO SPEAK AND MAKE AN

ORIGINAL PAINTING DURING SMWBOG

While I was there I got to talk to a bunch of young Colombians about using social media to bridge the gap between art and communication online. It was a lot of fun. I also had a chance to create an action painting at one of Bogota's amazing Juan Valdez Coffee locations. They were awesome and gave me so much love and so much...coffee! It was really cool how they invited me as an artist to share my experience. I got to talk about our blogging platform too (ownzee.com) which made me excited because I have never spoken publicly about our new venture. See you soon Bogota!


Kiki Valdes at Social Media Week in Bogota

Posted 2011-09-21 14:58:59 | Views: 9,269

KIKI VALDES 

WILL BE SPEAKING AND MAKING ART AT SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK -BOGOTA.

I am honored that the organizors of Social Media Week Bogota have invited me to their beautiful city and country to let me share my take on being an artist in this social media age and how to self publish artworks online through platforms like Ownzee. Below is what i will be discussing and i will make sure to post pictures and commentary next week. Below is insight on what I will be discussing and more about the other great speakers. Thanks! 

Self Publishing in Arts: Kiki Valdes

Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá

 

Kiki Valdes is a contemporary artist and the founder of Ownzee, a digital magazine maker that allows artists, designers, photographers, or anyone to easily promote their work online. Kiki has found in the web the most valuable channel to showcase his work and do business. Kiki will be speaking about the importance of digital technologies and social media as an effective promotion tool.

 

 

 

For Social Media Week Bogotá, the Z-team has put together a really impressive line-up of speakers, both from within Colombia and international. We thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the international speakers who will be traveling to Bogotá (most of them for the first time) to speak at Social Media Week.

 

Meg Dalton (@megdalts), of SeeClickFix, will participate on a panel entitled Urban Initiatives and Social Media. This panel will reflect upon how social networks have empowered the ordinary citizen. She will also lead a workshop, focused on See Click Fix and how the tool can be used.

 

Christian Ligorsky (@Kbzon) of Social Media Latam, will share The </R>evolution of Communications, which will show us how the rise of social network platforms have affected the way we communicate, and how the same networks can help companies have stronger relationships with their consumers.

 

Jonathan Richman (@jonmrich) will share Your Computer Is The Next Wonderdrug, originally presented at South by Southwest 2011, to critical acclaim.

 

Peter Shankman (@petershankman) will be presenting Monday’s keynote, Social Media Doesn’t Exist, explaining how social media must be integrated with traditional media to be truly successful.

 

Kiki Valdes (@KikiValdes) will present Self publishing in Art, showcasing how artists can use social networks as an effective tool for promotion.

 

Brian Wong (@brian_wong) of kiip will address the young entrepreneur in 8 Tips for the Young Entrepreneur, with a focus on what he himself learned as a young and successful entrepreneur in the social gaming space.

Some sponsors of Social Media Week:


Kiki Valdes: Secret Storage Stash

Posted 2011-09-19 08:27:33 | Views: 9,057

Clip of contemporary artist KIKI VALDES on his visit to one of his "secret storage facilities" where he stores old paintings and art objects. Some of the art Kiki shows viewers in the clip is from 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and a few things as recent as 2008.

KIKI VALDES: SECRET

STORAGE STASH

#DAVIDUPNUP #DANIELOCEAN #EXCLUSIVEVIDEO


Ownzee Article in Business Insider

Posted 2011-08-31 19:09:37 | Views: 8,299

We get a write up in Business Insider. Word?

Tumblrprovided a simple way to make pretty blogs.

 

Ownzee.com seeks to go one step further in design-based blogging, the artist/company co-founder Kiki Valdes told us over the phone on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Better yet, Valdes and his co-founder brother are finding some success in turning a site that facilitates easy, beautiful blogging into a real business.

 

After the pair's initial idea, Openzine.com, proved to be too much effort with little monetary return, they launched the new venture.

 

For $5 per month or $45 per year people can use the site to simply and easily build blog posts, which can be posted on Ownzee.com or sent to a personal blog. Users can upload and scale photos, chose from over 20 fonts, move around content, and more to create virtually whatever they can imagine.

This "Design-Based Blogging" Tool

Is A Meme-Maker On Steroids

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Blogging on Ownzee...

Posted 2011-08-30 20:57:47 | Views: 8,573

People ask me all the time what's the difference between Ownzee (which I co-created) and other blogging platform sites out there. So, to not mix up the bullshit I decided to give a pretty clear example.

This is you using Ownzee.

This is you using the other blog sites.

- Kiki Valdes

WE CARE ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK. GROOM YOUR BLOG.

   


Kiki Valdes with PALO! Recap

Posted 2011-08-30 16:41:27 | Views: 8,017

Kiki Valdes/Palo! at S.O.B.'s Recap:

It was a great time getting to paint to the sounds of the band PALO!. When I got word that my friends were gonna be in NYC from Miami playing at the legenary S.O.B.'s I couldn't resist and get involved somehow. I've done about 4 or 5 shows with PALO! since 2002. So, when we get together it is a great treat and a rare and special event.

 

PALO! overall has matured so much as a unit. I was blown away by everyone in the band and how they come together and make true music come alive. I am thankful that the painting I did that night sold within the first 20 minutes that I started painting.


Check out the video, it was actually shot with iphone footage. Not bad. Thank you to all my good friends that came out. You know who you are. I love you.


PALO! vs. KIKI VALDES - AUG 12th

Posted 2011-08-11 09:50:15 | Views: 8,214

Live action painting with the sounds of PALO!

KIKI VALDES

  

FRIDAY

 


AUGUST 12

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.O.B.s

204 Varick Street
New York, NY
7:30 - 11pm

For more info: Palo! vs. Kiki Valdes